Chairman Maj.(R) M J Humme MBE
THE ROYAL SUSSEX REGIMENTAL ASSOCIATION
Secretary Chichester and District Branch Treasurer
John White Greg Fielder
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Minutes of the Monthly Meeting held at the Chichester City Club Wed 14
The meeting opened with a minutes silence for those no longer with us.
1 Apologies: R Smith, J Boyce, M Humme, S Ulrich, P Budge, B Morley, K White, F Hill, J Bailey, A Arnell.
2 Members Present: E Drew, D Tilley, T Cox , P Cox, T Booker, M Bright, G Fielder, J White, M Bell,
J Fowler, N Taggart, P Fogden, B Hudson, M Allen, P Lawler, R Ulrich, J Walters.
3 Welfare : Mike Humme has finally had his operation after several cancellations and is now at home
recovering. The Branch members wish him well and a speedy recovery.
Tony Booker said that Alan Arnell was poorly with the flu virus.
4 Minutes: All present received a copy of the minutes of the previous meeting. There were no matters
arising . It was proposed by Martin Bell and seconded by Tony Booker, that they be accepted
as true Record. This was duly passed.
5 Chairmans Report: Trevor Cox chaired the meeting and thanked all for attending, and he thanked all those
that turned out today for Douglas Callens funeral. Finally thank you for bringing a prize for today’s raffle.
6 Secretaries Report:
a) Email from Anne Scicluna said that she undertaking a course to enable her to guide tourists
in Chichester Cathedral. Over the years she has noticed a silver Maltese Cross on the altar in St.
George’s Chapel. Anne would like to know if we could shed any light on this connection.
b) Emails from Major Brian Hudson reference Junior Mayor for the Day on Monday 23
The Mayor, Councillor Peter Evans has chosen Parklands School as the school to take part as per
last year and join the Royal Sussex Regimental Association St George’s Day Service in Chichester
c) Email from Colonel Rod Arnold reference the state of our trees in the National Arboretum.
It appears the soil is not good for trees, which is remarkable as it was originally chosen as a
Tree Memorial site. Various ideas were put forward, however it would seem that the
preferred choice is a simple garden bench.
The wooden bench with our Regimental Badge mounted on it and will be inscribed
“IN REMEMBRANCE OF OUR FALLEN COMRADES IN THE ROYAL SUSSEX
REGIMENT”. The Bench costs £1,100 and the Plaque £650 – a total of £1,750.
We need to raise this money ourselves and I would hope that Branches will make a
Significant Contribution. The Mid - Sussex Branch has already promised an initial
donation of £250 and will seek to raise more. I would be most grateful if you could consult
your Branch Members with a view to help raise the money required.
d) Email from Brian Morley offering his apologies unable to attend tonight’s meeting.
a) Minutes to Postal list and email list.
b) Email to Anne Scicluna The Maltese Cross was presented by the City Council on the
occasion of the Freedom of the City for the Royal Sussex Regiment, and the two large
silver candle sticks were presented by the Officer’s Mess.
7. Treasurers Report : Greg gave out The Branch accounts as follows:-
Current ac - £92.59 Income at a meeting: Raffle. £30.00
Memorial ac - £977.44 Welfare. £16.78
Deposit ac - £1504.56
Total - £2574.59 Total: £46.78
Greg then gave an update on the Priez Trip, the deposit for the Woods Coach has been paid, he then
requested that the payment for the hotel be paid into his account to avoid any financial irregularities,
as per the first Priez Trip in 2014. The Branch members agreed to this.
8 Entertainment: Nil
9 AOB: Rob Ulrich gave an update under Health and Safety on the number of rounds to be fired on the 30
September at Priory Park and a brief outline of the events for the Armistice parade on 11
of November .
Mark Allen said that he would like to do an oral history of the Chichester Branch Members and would be
speaking to members for their input at the next meeting.
10 Diary dates: Wednesday 14
March 2018 AGM.
April 2018 St George’s Day.
June 2018 trip to QRMG with QRA.
June 2018 Summer Lunch at Chichester College.
August 2018 Veterans Lunch in City Club.
September 2018 Annual Dinner in Lewes.
September 2018 Priez Memorial Trip.
Next Meeting on Wednesday 14
March 2018 is the AGM.
There being no further business to discuss the meeting closed at 2005 hrs.
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